A CHANGE OF DIRECTION

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen Recently I visited the great exhibition by the Swedish artist Jan HĂĄfström (born 1937) at Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall in Arendal in the southern part of Norway. I specially enjoyed this black statue of Mr. Walker who was walking in all directions. It reminded me of the fact that it is never too late to change directions in one’s […]

MI DALĂŤ

  Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen Salvador DalĂ­’s famous picture “The Persistence of Memory” is a favorite of mine. It has many interpretations, but for me it simply says something about the small importance of time and age. And of course I love the great colors. The Spanish surrealist DalĂ­ was once asked if Albert Einstein’s theory of special […]

THE LADY OF CAMELLIAS AND LA TRAVIATA

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen This week I really enjoyed the opera La Traviata (Italian for the fallen women) by Verdi at The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo. Before the performance I dug out my old, Norwegian copy of the novel “The Lady of the Camellias” and read it, because La Traviata is adapted […]

THE PAINTER’S WAY

  Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen The Norwegian painter Hanne Christensen is a favorite of mine and I have these two oil paintings in my living-room. She is a former pupil of the well-known painter of classical art Odd Nerdrum. However her art has grown into a more colorful palette. I find her way of capturing the […]

IN LOVE

The Oslo Opera House was completed in 2008 and still after so many years I find it breathtaking. When I am in Oslo I always take the time to visit the building which is seated by the ocean covered with Italian marble and constructed by Snøhetta. I do as the rest of the visitors; walk up […]

THE BLACKBIRD IS SINGING

I am sitting on my balcony happily  listening to how my favorite bird, the blackbird (svartrost), trills out its joyous notes on the lawn. When I hear this twitter I know the summer is just around the corner. Just watch and listen to this and you know what I mean. The blackbird with its shiny […]

GUERNICA AND PICASSO

Guernica is a city situated in northern Spain. The painting Guernica was created by Pablo Picasso in response to German and Italian bombing of the city in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. The picture measures almost 8 x 4 meters and although I have seen it before, standing here in Madrid with my students […]